Four things we learnt from CSKA Moscow against Manchester United
- United need to get out of their blocks on time
Manchester United have cultivated that habit of getting into their rhythm late in games. They were blown away in the first 20 minutes against Arsenal and it got to the second half before they click into gear against CSKA Moscow. They need to learn to impose themselves on opponents on time so as to avoid being caught napping.
- CSKA Moscow remain unbeaten at Arena khimkhi stadium this season
The Russian side have not lost at home this season and maintain that record when the English giants came calling. They look impenetrable at their home ground.
- Fellaini deserves a look in
Manchester United’s domineering Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini has a case for a starting role in the United squad. On several occasions, the Belgian has been called upon to remedy the situation and he has responded positively.
In the first leg of the qualifying round, Fellaini popped up in the dying seconds to nod home United’s second goal to give the Red Devils a 2-1 lead going into the return leg.
Against Arsenal, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla ran freely in the midfield but with the introduction of Fellaini in the second half, he bullied the Gunners midfield duo, easing the pressure on United, the same was the case in Moscow against CSKA.
- Martial is more potent as an attacker
Anthony Martial is a versatile player that can operate in either flanks and as a striker too. But with Wayne Rooney not in his best form, Louis Van Gaal should deploy the young French man in the striking position and look for other players to run the flanks. Ecuadorian Valencia and Dutch Depay; Ashley Young can play on the left side of the wing, leaving Martial to continue putting the ball at the back of the net with consummate ease.